History of Art and Architecture

Laurel Bestock

Associate Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Associate Professor of Archaeology and the Ancient World and Egyptology and Assyriology


Laurel Bestock conducts research on the material culture of the Nile Valley and on the methodology of archaeological recording. She is particularly interested in kingship, monumentality, the contexts and audiences for art and architecture, and cultural interactions. She co-directs  an excavation at Uronarti, Sudan, where the team is examining a monumental fortress built by the conquering Egyptian kings in the early 2nd millennium BC, the extramural settlement associated with it, and the relations between Nubians and Egyptians in this frontier zone.